Bombardier opened its high-tech Global 7000 assembly facility in Toronto to press scrutiny Nov. 3, inviting on-board inspection of its first flight test vehicle, but sharing little information about the flight test schedule, the order book or the follow-on Global 8000.

David Coleal, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, said the company, whose liquidity has come into question, had "enough resources and capital to get the program done" and that the 7000 would enter service in the second half of 2018. He said the 7000 project was "the number one priority" for his division, which now has 2,000 employees assigned to it.

He alluded to Bombardier’s recent trials in developing the CSeries and cancellation of the Learjet 85, saying "we’ve overcome a few problems."

Since inception of the two new Global programs, the longer-range Global 8000 was scheduled to enter service a year after the larger 7000. But Michael Ouellette, the senior vice president in charge of the two new models, declined to comment on the 8000’s target service date.

The two models are to be assembled in Bay 10 of Bombardier’s Downsview Airport facility; the Global 5000 and 6000 and Q400 turboprop are also assembled at Downsview. All Globals are completed at Dorval Airport in Montreal.

Being assembled in the hall now are two of the four Global 7000s set to participate in the flight test program. Both are fitted with wings and new 16,500 lb thrust GE Passport engines. Components of the third and fourth aircraft are being made.

The $72.8 million Global 7000 is to have a max speed of Mach .925 and a 7,400 nm cruise range at Mach .85 with eight passengers and four crew member; Ouellette said the aircraft "will meet its performance targets." The $69 million Global 8000 is to have a range of 7,900 nm.